Try this walking tour of historic sites in Boston Chinatown. Click here for a worksheet.

A Googlemap version is here.

 Start at  A. The Chinatown Gate   What purpose does the Chinatown gate serve? Why does it proclaim "justice for all" (in Chinese)? Walk down Beach Street to your next stop. Why is this street called "Beach Street"?  How many kinds of pastry do you see at Hing Shing Pastry?   B. Old Community Bulletin Board   What was the purpose of a community bulletin board before newspapers?   C. Oxford Place Playground   What do you see in the mural?   D. Phillis Wheatley Landing Place   What does this historic landmark tell you about the different people who came through this neighborhood?    E. Lee family Association, 10 Tyler St (upper floors)   How do you think a family association can help new immigrants? See if you find other family associations around Chinatown. What is on the ground floor of this building?  (Look across the street to China Pearl, one of the oldest dim sum restaurants in Boston.)   F. Kwong Kow Chinese School   This is the oldest Chinese school in Boston. What do kids learn at this school?   G. Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England/Site of  old Quincy School  (see photo  here )   This building used to be the  Quincy School . It was the first school in the US to have separate grades. By 1965 it was 100% Chinese. Whose statue is in front?  Walk down Hudson Street back toward the gate. What kinds of businesses or associations can you see on this street?   H. Happy Family Food Market    Why is this market called "Happy Family"?    I. Mary Soo Hoo Park   What kinds of activities do you see in the park? Is the park mainly for children or seniors? Can you find a mural (back side of park)?   J. Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park   Have your picnic here.

Start at A. The Chinatown Gate

What purpose does the Chinatown gate serve? Why does it proclaim "justice for all" (in Chinese)? Walk down Beach Street to your next stop. Why is this street called "Beach Street"?

How many kinds of pastry do you see at Hing Shing Pastry?

B. Old Community Bulletin Board

What was the purpose of a community bulletin board before newspapers?

C. Oxford Place Playground

What do you see in the mural?

D. Phillis Wheatley Landing Place

What does this historic landmark tell you about the different people who came through this neighborhood? 

E. Lee family Association, 10 Tyler St (upper floors)

How do you think a family association can help new immigrants? See if you find other family associations around Chinatown. What is on the ground floor of this building?

(Look across the street to China Pearl, one of the oldest dim sum restaurants in Boston.)

F. Kwong Kow Chinese School

This is the oldest Chinese school in Boston. What do kids learn at this school?

G. Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England/Site of old Quincy School (see photo here)

This building used to be the Quincy School. It was the first school in the US to have separate grades. By 1965 it was 100% Chinese. Whose statue is in front?

Walk down Hudson Street back toward the gate. What kinds of businesses or associations can you see on this street?

H. Happy Family Food Market

Why is this market called "Happy Family"? 

I. Mary Soo Hoo Park

What kinds of activities do you see in the park? Is the park mainly for children or seniors? Can you find a mural (back side of park)?

J. Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park

Have your picnic here.


See slides for a Chinese New Year Parade in Boston Chinatown. Do you recognize the street? What food do you see? Why is the lion dancing?